Bodegas CARO | Mendoza
Bodegas CARO is the result of a partnership between Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) and the Catena family that dates back to 1999. The project began with the idea that the expertise of both houses could be harnessed to produce a unique wine from the alliance of two cultures, French and Argentinian and two grape varieties, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon.
The Catena family has produced wine in Argentina for three generations. Consequently, it was able to draw on its vast knowledge of the high altitude terroirs of the Mendoza region as well as its passion for Malbec to find the best vineyards. Domaine Baron Rothschild (Lafite) contributed its centuries-old skills in growing, vinifying and ageing great Cabernet Sauvignon, as well as its know-how in blending different grape varieties to produce one wine that is greater than the sum of its parts.
Work began in 1999 to produce Bodegas CARO’s first vintage in 2000. The success of the early vintages resulted in the creation of another wine in 2003, AMANCAYA, which similarly to its older brother is based on a harmonious balance of Argentinian identity and Bordeaux style. Bodegas CARO later decided to celebrate the grape variety for which Argentina’s vineyards are famous by launching a pure Malbec, ARUMA, in 2010. The most recent addition to the esteemed portfolio has been Petit Caro. Working with a similar blend to Amancaya, sourced from only the best plots and given extra time in oak for a beautiful smokey depth of flavour.
The Bodegas CARO winery, set in the heart of Mendoza, has been producing the wines since the 2003 vintage and serves as the anchor of the CARO project. The renovation of the historic building and gardens in order to expand the winery and open the Bodega to the outside has brought the final touch to the original project.